X-Division Champion Matt Sydal has been making waves during his time with Impact Wrestling and his exciting brand of in-ring action is resonating with fans.
Sydal is enjoying the creative freedom that he is afforded by the company.
“We’re creating an ethereal consciousness during the match,” Sydal said, during an interview with Sporting News. “There’s a symbiotic relationship that we’re co-creating together and I want them feeling the same mystical experience that I am going through simultaneously. I just am trying to do more. It’s easy to go out there and wrestle. It’s hard to go out there and try new things, to create an atmosphere.”
The current state of wrestling is re-igniting his passion for the business.
“Wrestling used to be like this — it was this bathtub that we will fill up from only one faucet,” Sydal said. “It was mainly WWE filling the tub of love of wrestling for the entire world. And because of the internet, technology, the interconnectedness of people and the desire of independent artists to create their own work, this resurgence of wrestling has come up and it’s reinvigorating for me.”
Sydal now turns his attention to Brian Cage, whom he faces at Slammiversary.
“Someone like Brian Cage, he’s a gigantic man who is trying to wrestle like me,” Sydal stated. “That’s his mistake because I clearly hold the top card in someone who is wrestling like Matt Sydal. I see things from a higher perspective. I can know what Brian Cage is doing before he’s doing it because he’s doing me. I’ve been facing the man in the mirror my entire life. That’s been my hardest battle is the one where it’s me versus me.”
Chris Jericho Talks Offer from Impact Wrestling
Before signing with AEW, Chris Jericho had some interesting offers from New Japan and Impact Wrestling, who apparently made a hefty offer to Y2J.
“In my mind, from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar is to WWE, as far as what I bring to the table” Jericho said, during an appearance on Wrestling Observer Radio . That’s the watermark that I had. For me to go back to Vince [McMahon], I want that kind of a deal.”
Jericho went on the detail the offer he received from Impact.
“When I was starting to talk with Tony [Khan, AEW], and New Japan, and Impact as well, Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four match series. We’re talking mid-seven figures, they have some cash as well. When they believe in something, they have money for it.”
McKenzie Mitchell Announces Impact Wrestling Exit
Impact Wrestling backstage interviewer McKenzie Mitchell has officially announced her departure from the promotion.
Mitchell, who has been with the company since 2016, made the announcement in a lengthy post on her Instagram page:
Grateful. Changed. IMPACTed. Undoubtedly the most exhilarating and exciting experience of my life thus far. Words can’t describe my appreciation for @impactwrestling and company and all that I’ve learned with this experience. To my friends, family, and fans- you guys rock and are the reason why I love doing what I do each and every day. 2019 is a year of change and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
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Sami Callihan Signs New Deal With Impact Wrestling
Impact Wrestling has inked Sami Callihan to a new deal, according to a report from PW Insider.
Callahan, who also works for promotions such as Major League Wrestling and Lucha Underground, has found a good niche under the Impact Wrestling banner. A future X-Division Championship match between Brian Cage and Callihan was setup at the recent Bound for Glory PPV.
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